GROUP CLASSES

Fall 2017 Youth Group Classes

Boy Singers of Maine                                Instructor: Paul Schnell                Tuition: $250
Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:30 | Starting September 13 

PCM is proud to announce that it has assumed leadership of The Boy Singers of Maine (BSOM), an esteemed organization with over 30 years of history of performing nationally and internationally, including at the White House and with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra. This group provides boys an opportunity to meet peers who love to sing and to engage with a varied repertoire in a collaborative environment. In an effort to provide a quality music education, PCM anticipates one Saturday rehearsal per month. Performance opportunities provided each semester.   Ages: 7 – 18

Sisters in Song                                           Instructor: Carolyn Paulin            Tuition: $200
Tuesdays, 5:00–6:00pm | 14 weeks
: September 12 to December 12
Sisters in Song is the Portland Conservatory young women’s vocal ensemble, conducted by Dr. Carolyn Paulin, with the assistance of pianist Eve Sawyer. Choral repertoire for this auditioned ensemble is varied and wide-ranging, from great classical works from the Renaissance, to Bach and Mozart, to choral song from the 19th century, World Music and Vocal Jazz. Performance opportunities provided each semester.  Ages: 12-18

Rock Band Ensemble                                Instructor: John Johnstone         Tuition: $150
Mondays: 6:30 – 7:30 | 10 weeks: 
September 18 to November 27
Students will form a Rock Band and perform a concert on the last day of ensemble. They will pick out pieces of their choice and spend the semester learning their songs and honing their instrumental and collaborative skills. Instruments include: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, drums and sax.  Ages: 11-16

Youth Group Guitar Class             Instructor: John Johnstone         Tuition: $150
Mondays: 3:30 – 4:30 | 10 weeks: September 18 to November 27 (no class on Oct. 9, Columbus Day)
This class will introduce students to basic guitar techniques in a relaxed setting. Individual instruction will be provided as needed for each student. Chords, popular songs and sight-reading will be covered. Book required: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1.   Ages: 7-14

Jazz Ensemble – Intermediate                           Instructor: Titus Abbott              Tuition: $150
Wednesdays: 5:00 – 6:00 |
10 weeks: September 13 to November 15
This will be a jazz improvisation class for traditional jazz instrumentation of bass, drums, piano, guitar, brass and wood-winds. This is for intermediate students who are developing jazz improvisation skills. It is intended for students interested in improvising on jazz standards with an introduction to more contemporary jazz material. The course will work towards an end of session performance and will incorporate master classes with local musicians. Ages: 12-19

Jazz Ensemble – Intermediate/Advanced        Instructor: Titus Abbott              Tuition: $150
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    10 weeks: September 16 to November 18
This will be a jazz improvisation class for traditional jazz instrumentation. This is for players with some prior experience playing in a jazz band or jazz combo, who are interested in learning to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles. Primarily the class will be working on standard and contemporary jazz material with a focus on improvisation. There will also be an intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv. The course will work towards an end of session performance and will incorporate master classes with local musicians.   Ages: 12 to 19

Jazz Theory I                                               Instructor: Titus Abbott                          Tuition: $150
Days and Times TBD
This course will cover basic jazz theory from basic chords and scales to chord substitutions and altered scales. There will be a focus on aural understanding with the use of recorded samples and demonstrations on piano or saxophone. An introduction to basic jazz composition concepts will also be introduced.  Ages: 12+
 

Advanced Chamber Music                       Instructors: J. Adams + R. Lanz          Tuition: $240
Dates & times TBD | 16 weeks
Julia Adams and Ronald Lantz, members of the Portland String Quartet, coach students who are prepared to study and perform major literature from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Neo-classical composers. Literature selected in consultation with the players to best challenge each group. Enrollment dependent upon level of experience. Contact Julia Adams for more information at: jaes15@maine.rr.com.

Suzuki Violin Group Classes                   Instructor: Deirdre Oehrtmann               Tuition: $60
BOOK 3: Fridays, 4:45–5:30pm     BOOK 4+: Fridays, 5:15-6:00pm
6 weeks:
9/22, 10/13, 10/ 27, 11/17, 12/ 1
Suzuki group classes are part of the Suzuki Method curriculum. Students reinforce what they have learned in their private lessons, develop ensemble skills, and build community with other students. (Students must be studying with an SAA-registered teacher, though it may or may not be with a PCM teacher.)   Ages: 6+

Fall 2017 Adult Group Classes

New Horizons Adult Band                               Teacher: Nina Andersen                Tuition: $200
Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm     16 weeks: September 10 to December 17
This fall the Portland Conservatory of Music (PCM) will launch a New Horizons Adult Band led by the Conservatory’s newest faculty member, Nina Andersen (Oatley). There are presently more than 80 New Horizons Bands and Orchestras throughout the country. The program’s message is simple: “You’re never too old to learn to play a musical instrument.” The PCM New Horizons Adult Band will offer weekly group instruction to participants on instrument, followed by a full band rehearsal. Instruments include: clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, French horn, trombone, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, and percussion instruments. The full band will have three to four public performances a year.                                                         Ages: 18+

Adult Group Ukulele Class                               Teacher: John Johnstone                Tuition: $150
Mondays, 1:00-2:00pm     10 weeks: September 18 to November 27 (no class on October 9, Columbus Day)
The ukulele is now more popular than ever before and is very affordable. This versatile instrument is no longer just for Hawaiian music. It’s used for rock, jazz, classical, folk and even heavy metal. Learn to play chords and tunes, while also being introduced to tablature and and music sight reading. Students need to provide their own ukulele. Book required: Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1.
Ages: 18+

Adult Group Guitar Class                                 Teacher: John Johnstone                Tuition: $150
Mondays: 2:00 to 3:00     10 weeks: September 18 to November 27 (no class on October 9, Columbus Day)
If you’ve always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it, here’s your chance! This class will introduce you to the basic techniques of playing guitar in a relaxed setting. Individual instruction will be provided as needed for each student. Chords, popular songs and sight reading music will be covered. Students must bring their own guitar.
Ages: 18+

Middle Eastern Ensemble
Tuition: $135      Teachers: Eric LaPerna
Course time: Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm       Course duration:  6weeks
Dates: September 14th, 21st and 28th. October 12th, 19th and 26th.
The PCM Middle Eastern Ensemble will work on Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions. This class is for teenagers and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument. The ensemble will feature traditional instruments like the oud (fretless lute), nay (reed flute), and percussion, as well as woodwinds, bowed instruments, bass, guitar and accordion. At the end of each 6-week session there will be a public performance of the pieces the class has been working on.

Jazz Ensemble – Adult                                                  Teacher: Titus Abbott                      Tuition: $150
Wednesdays: 6:00 – 7:00
     10 weeks: September 13 to November 15
This is a jazz improvisation class for adults playing traditional jazz instruments or strings who are at an intermediate level and can read basic melodies or can learn by ear. Primarily the class will introduce standards and jazz blues charts. There will be an introduction to free jazz improv and group improv, leading to an end of session performance.
Ages: 18+

Jazz History                                                                    Instructor: Titus Abbott                   Tuition: $150
Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.      10 weeks: 
September 13 to November 15
This is an informal survey of jazz from the early days of New Orleans right up to the present day in New York City and Europe. The focus will be on listening to recordings and discussing developments and influences. The bulk of the course will cover early Be Bop to the present day including free jazz and the loft scene.

Advanced Chamber Music – 16 weeks                           Instructors: J. Adams + R. Lanz     Tuition: $240
Julia Adams and Ronald Lantz, members of the Portland String Quartet, coast chamber music students who are prepared to study and perform major literature from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to Neo-classical composers. Literature is selected in consultation with the players to best challenge each group. Enrollment is dependent on a similar level of technique and experience. Contact Julia Adams for more information at: jaes15@maine.rr.com.